Tomorrow, January 28th, 2012, I will be taking my first Flying lesson. That incredible milestone flight will be in the best selling airplane known to man: a Cessna 172, tail number: N3521Q.
I’ve been in a non-airliner plane only once before, for my discovery flight in 2008. That plane was Piper Archer, and I will never forget the day. I went up with my best friend and it was a birthday gift from us to us.
Tomorrow’s lesson will mark the day that I really start training for my Private Pilot Certificate and taking you, my readers, along for the journey!
Earlier this month I became a member of the Fort Myers Flying Club, and also received my 3rd class medical certificate. A piece of paper that officially recognizes me as a student pilot.
Now, you don’t normally need your medical until you want to solo the plane. But I already know I want to solo (and so much more) so I went ahead and received my medical exam and passed with flying colors. (I’ll describe the details of getting a medical in a later post.)
These next few months exepect to hear from Born Without Wings on a regular basis. On this site I’ll bring you my lessons in as much details as possible, hopefully so you can learn and be entertained by my adventure in becoming a pilot. For your reading pleasure I’ll also be tracking expenses, sharing tips, news and flying information. Hopefully sooner than later, I’ll also have video from the cockpit. Alongside chronicles of my flying lessons I’ll be posting news and interesting stories that relate to General Aviation and answering your questions about planes and flying, and maybe even the occasional giveaway.
If you have any comments, questions, concerns, or post ideas, let me know!
I had a friend over one day who has an intense fear of flying, but a keen interest in technology. He looked at me square in the eye and asked me “Why do planes have headlights? What do they need to see, the sky better at night?”
The short answer is simple: Planes don’t have headlights.
Among the wreckage caused by the tornado at Sun n’ Fun was a Light Sport Airplane that was built by the Aviation Exploring Post 491 of Birmingham, Alabama. Aviation Exploring is a branch of the Boy Scouts of America that exposes teens and children to the world of aviation in different ways. Many of the AE posts build planes and raffle them as fundraisers. The AE Post 491 was doing just that, they built a Kitfox and were selling raffle tickets to raise funds to buy their next project plane.
But on March 31, 2011 in Lakeland Florida, all of those plans changed for those young adults who spent countless hours pouring their hearts into that plane.
They are excepting donations on their website AE491.org.
Every year there is an aviation expo that takes place in March or April at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. This event is SUN ‘N FUN, Spring Break for Pilots. Thousands of aviation enthusiasts, vendors, acrobatic performers, and of course pilots, flocked to LAL this year to enjoy the show.
But this year will be remembered as “The year with the storm”.
On Thursday, March 31st 2011 at around 2011 an EF-1 Tornado ripped through the airport and flipped, destroyed, damaged and mangled vehicles, structures, and airplanes. Luckily, no deaths were reported and the few injuries that were sustained were not serious.
Below are a few websites that only begin to show the extent of the damage received by these flying machines.
What are you doing this weekend? How about seeing some of man’s greatest flying machines flying over you performing feats you thought were only possible in the movies.
The Florida international Air show is happening this weekend. Here you will be able to see the finest military aircraft including the F-22 Raptor and the F-16. Acrobatic stunts where pilots can demonstrate the precise control that they have over machine.
This weekend should provide fun for the whole family.
Make sure to bring ear plugs.
If you need a place to stay, check out the Microtel Inn just over the river. Tell them Waner sent you.
Are you heading to the Florida International Air Show? Let me know in the comments.
Hope to see you there!
Here for your viewing pleasures are the pictures I took on November 13, 2010 for the Lee County Port of Authority “Aviation Day 2010″
I’m still getting the hang of exposures, and it was a very bright day in Fort Myers.
To view all the pictures I took that day Continue reading →
With the winter months approaching and the temperatures finally starting to drop in South West Florida, it’s a sign that flying weather is becoming calmer and plentiful in the region. To the recreational and private pilot in the area this signals many things, more weekend getaway flights to Key West (which by the way, take only about an hour or less from KFMY), more flying to nearby and faraway airports in search for that perfect $100 hamburger, more flying hours to get to that next rating, and of course, Fort Myers’ Aviation Day. Continue reading →